Why do Adventists spend tithe money on administration rather than spreading the gospel?

James B. sent in a series of questions about Seventh-day Adventists:

Q: Why do Seventh-day Adventists spend tithe money on administration rather than spreading the gospel?

A: James, thank you for your interesting questions. Following biblical principles (see Malachi 3:8-10, Gen. 14:20, Lev. 27:30, Hebrews 7:5,6), we believe that all we have belongs to God, and that He asks us to return a 10 percent tithe of our increase to Him.

You’ll be happy to know that in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, tithe funds are used only to pay pastors, church administrative activities, evangelistic activities, Bible and religion teachers, and direct ministry or evangelistic activities. Many other activities are funded by freewill offerings.

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